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"TRANCE"
(2013) (James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes None
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Dramatic Thriller: Following a blow to the head, a fine art auctioneer can't recall where he hid a valuable stolen painting, thus necessitating sessions with a hypnotherapist who might be able to jar loose that memory.
PLOT:
Simon (JAMES McAVOY) is a fine art auctioneer who initially seems to be the victim of a heist led by Franck (VINCENT CASSEL) and his crew of Nate (DANNY SAPANI), Riz (WAHAB SHEIKH) and Dominic (MATT CROSS) who raid the auction house with their sights set on a valuable Goya painting. Simon tries to stop Franck but ends up hit on the head, an act that leads to a bout of amnesia regarding what happened to the painting. That's important to Franck and his crew as they discover that sometime in the middle of the heist, Simon cut the painting out of the frame and now can't recall where it is, even when subjected to a round of torture.

What makes that even more intriguing is that Simon was actually in on the heist. Believing they have no other recourse, they send Simon to hypnotherapist Dr. Elizabeth Lamb (ROSARIO DAWSON) with the belief that she might be able to retrieve that bit of lost memory. But as she starts her treatment, what initially seems like a straightforward therapy soon takes unexpected twists and turns, where things aren't always what they seem to be.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might be interested, especially if they're fans of director Danny Boyle and/or any of the cast members.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some grisly images, and language.


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